Thursday, December 14, 2006

Get remote page contents (ASPX C#)

A simple function for getting the contents of another page in your code behind

private string GetHTML(string url)
 WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(url);
 // use logged in user credentials
 request.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
  // get the response
  HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();
  // set the content length
  int contentLength = (int)response.ContentLength;
  // get the stream
  Stream responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();
  // Pipes the stream to a higher level stream reader with the required encoding format. 
  StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader(responseStream, Response.ContentEncoding);
  // create a char array
  char[] data = new char[contentLength];
  // load from the stream into the char array
  readStream.Read(data, 0, contentLength);
  // return the data as a string
  return new String(data);
 catch(Exception ex)
  return string.Empty;
 return string.Empty;

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